Kira Johnson’s Story
Kira Johnson tragically lost her life after a routine c-section at Cedars Sinai. Kira was allowed to bleed internally for more than 10 hours before the medical staff at Cedars Sinai took action.
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Hospital Series of Events
Kyira was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Hospital on April 12, 2016 at approximately 12:30 p.m. for a routine cesarean delivery.
She gave birth to her son, Langston, at 2:33 PM.
At 3:00 p.m. Kyira was out of the operating room and was taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Shortly before 5:00 p.m., blood-tinged urine was seen in Kyira’s foley catheter.
By 5:24 p.m. Kyira’s foley catheter was draining bright red blood. Dr. Naim was made aware of his patient Kyira’s situation
It wasn’t until 6:44 p.m. that a “surgical emergency” CT scan was ordered that ultimately was never performed.
At 11:42 p.m., two physicians were at Kyira’s bedside and one performed an ultrasound that found “expanding hematoma and now free fluid.” They recommended taking Kyira to surgery to identify the source of the bleeding. However, Dr. Naim, who was also at the bedside at this time, wished “to continue expectant management at this time.”
As Kyira’s condition continued to rapidly decline, her husband Charles pleaded for help. Kyira was finally taken to surgery approximately around 12:30 a.m. on April 13, 2016, 10 hours from the time when the family initially realized something was wrong and pleaded for help.
During surgery Kyira was found to have 3 liters of blood in her abdomen and did not survive the blood loss. Kyira was pronounced dead at 2:22 a.m. on April 13, 2016. The autopsy stated that the cause of “death was due to hemorrhagic shock, due to acute hemoperitoneum,” (massive internal bleeding) post cesarean section.